Chromatics Plan 17-Song ‘Dear Tommy’ Album

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 12.05.14 in News

Johnny Jewel has been clearing his vaults lately, but a proper new album from his group Chromatics should be here soon. Chromatics have shared the tracklist and cover art for Dear Tommy, their upcoming follow-up to 2012′s breakthrough Kill for Love. Though a release date hasn’t been announced, Pitchfork reports the new LP will be here “in time for Valentine’s Day” via Italians Do It Better.

The Dear Tommy tracklist includes at least two titles that should be familiar to followers of the record label Jewel co-founded with Mike Simonetti. According to Pitchfork, “Cherry” will be “similar” to the take on Italians Do It Better’s After Dark 2 compilation, while “Camera” will be different. Jewel also reportedly has albums on the way with his projects Glass Candy (Body Work) and Symmetry (Still Life). Jewel scored Ryan Gosling’s recent directing debut, Lost River, and a soundtrack release via Italians Do It Better is expected in 2015.

Jewel has shared several outtakes and rarities from his groups in recent weeks using Soundcloud. These include Chromatics’ “White Light” and Jewel’s own “The Last Dance.”

In other Italians Do It Better news, co-founder Simonetti (who previously ran Troubleman Unlimited) recently announced he has decided to split from the label. He’s focusing on a new Project, Pale Blue, and the new label Two Mikes Records, a joint venture with Captured Tracks founder Mike Sniper. Pale Blue’s debut album, The Past We Leave Behind, will be the first release on 2MR/Captured Tracks when it arrives on April 14. Pale Blue is a collaboration with  Silver Hands’ Elizabeth Wight, and Jana Hunter of Lower Dens also appears on the album.

See the full Dear Tommy artwork and tracklist below, and scroll down for Chromatics’ After Dark 2 version of “Cherry,” followed by the Pale Blue cover art, tracklist and title track.

Chromatics, 'Dear Tommy' cover art

Dear Tommy (TBA, Italians Do It Better)

1. Fresh Blood
2. In Films
3. Time Rider
4. I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around
5. Cherry
6. She Says
7. Just Like You
8. 4 A.M.
9. Teacher
10. Camera
11. Dear Tommy
12. Touch Blue
13. After Hours
14. Shadow
15. In Silence
16. Colorblind
17. Endless Sleep

Pale Blue, 'The Past We Leave Behind'

The Past We Leave Behind (April 14, 2MR/Captured Tracks)

1. The Past We Leave Behind
2. The Scars
3. Distance To The Waves
4. Mia
5. Tougher
6. Myself
7. The Scars (Reprise)
8. Dusk In Parts (feat. Jana Hunter)
9. The Math
10. Rain
11. The Eye
12. Embrace
13. One Last Thing